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Name: O'Brien, Patrick
Current Position: Director
Patrick J. O’Brien, earned a BA in Urban Affairs and Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a Master’s of Science in Public Management and Policy Analysis from the School of Urban Affairs at Carnegie-Mellon University. He began his career as an Assistant Business Developer for the City of Duluth. He received his first experience with the federal government as a Presidential Management intern in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. After that, he came to OEA as a project manager, serving on several adjustment efforts, including those at Fort Ord, Loring AFB, Wurtsmith AFB, NTC San Diego, and Cameron Station. He also authored the OEA Community Guide to Base Reuse and other technical resources for communities, as well as leading different Base Realignment and Closure implementation policy reviews. In addition to serving as the leader for a team of project managers who assist economic adjustment efforts, he oversees the Defense Economic Adjustment Program, and he is also Executive Director of the President’s Economic Adjustment Committee, as it was recently updated by Executive Order to assist communities in responding to Defense base closures or realignments, contractor reductions, and base expansions.
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